After an impressive and most likely unexpected performance against the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals the Indiana Pacers found themselves coming up short of contending for a national title. There were many areas in which the team excelled and area for improvement would be little. I believe that the two most important things that should be on the minds of the organization would have to be turnovers and offensive production.
It is fair to assume that with another year under Paul George’s belt and an offseason of diligent work that his consistentcy on the offensive end of the court will improve. The same could be said of Roy Hibbert. Pending a trade, the return of Danny Granger will certainly add some much needed points as well.
As I am a huge fan of George Hill not only as a player but also as a person my next statement is a little tough to make. Indiana needs a point guard that can and will truly take charge of the offense. Point production from that position is helpful but excellent passing and ball handling skills are key. Our turnovers and were most definitely the difference maker against the Heat.
The full court pressure applied by Miami caused problems not only for Hill as he made his move up the court, but also for the entire offense. The longer it takes to get the ball up the court the less time we have to set-up an offense that is already slow at materializing. Without much time to orchestrate whatever play they are trying to run it forces all players to make hurried decisions and shots. This unfortunately leads to either bad shots or, for the Pacers, multiple turnovers.
I am not sure if George Hill is simply lacking confidence. His character would seem to suggest that he is a hard worker when it comes to training and practicing for games. That would lead me to believe that he is more than capable of completing the before mentioned task of taking care of the ball and being proficient at making sure his squad gets good looks in the half-court offense.
At the risk of being frowned upon I believe that is important that is truly re-examined and decided upon carefully. Perhaps it would benefit the Pacers to bring in a veteran who might be able to work alongside Hill and help him to improve at his position. It wouldn’t hurt for the rest of the team to learn to not desert him in the back court before realizing he needs help after it’s too late.